Time Spike: The Dragon Slayer

Time Spike: The Dragon Slayer

Jack Dauderman watched as Andy Blacklock slowly led the mixed group of prison guards, Cherokee, and nineteenth-century federal soldiers into position. They were preparing to assault the prison which had been taken over by that nutcase, Adrian Luff. Jack remembered...
Feeding the Up-timer Addiction: Soy Sauce

Feeding the Up-timer Addiction: Soy Sauce

Have you ever had that craving, sometimes late at night, for teriyaki chicken and fried rice? Or maybe you enjoy a little sushi or a good pad Thai once in a while. All of these dishes are not reproducible without soy sauce. And what exactly is this dark and salty...
Ball Whats?

Ball Whats?

“They want little steel balls?” “That’s what it says and these things . . . ” Johan said, pointing at the pamphlet. “What on earth for?” Wilhelm asked, without really looking at the pamphlet. “I’m not sure....
Second Chance Bird, Episode Eight

Second Chance Bird, Episode Eight

Chapter Forty-Four: A Kiss And Some CoffeeCaptured French warship Effrayant, site of up-time Poste de Flacq, Mauritius The kiss ended delicately, its initial passion consumed and resolved into a lingering sweetness as their lips reluctantly broke contact. Pam blinked...
Reaping and Sowing

Reaping and Sowing

Karl looked out of the greenhouse at the back of his home and ran the numbers. They did not add up. The greenhouse was breaking even, but it was not making much of a profit if any at all. If it were flat instead of running up a steep hill, and if the owner cut out the...
Treasures

Treasures

At the end of Worldcon last year, my friend Bill Trojan died. Most folks in the field had met him at one point or another. For years, he ran a large bookstore in the dealers' room at conventions—Escape While There's Still Time Books. He also chaired a...
A Season for Sisters

A Season for Sisters

In the still hush of morning, Howard the allegorical alchemist sat before his work table with magnifying spectacles perched on his nose. He held tweezers and a funnel, and one by one he plucked tiny balls of sunshine from a jar and placed them on a scale. When the...

Big Iron

Johan Frey was enjoying the day. It had been a cold, wet week, but now the clouds had broken and it was a lovely fall day. He and Watchman Thomas Weiss were sitting outside the watch headquarters. Their main activity was waving greetings to the passing crowd....